Xenia, Ohio: N. P., 1927. 11” x 13¾”. Broadside on thick card, printed recto only. Good: three heavy creases from vertical folds; two inch tear at center crease; moderate staining and discoloration at extremities.
This is a broadside for a “Musicale” performance held in 1927 at the St. John's A. M. E. church in Xenia, Ohio. Professor William A. Sykes, pianist/organist, chorus director and head of the Conservatory of Music at Wilberforce University, served as accompanist for lyric tenor James S. Lucas and baritone Siljaum Earl Bauchamp (which was likely a typo for “Beauchamp”). Though the hometowns of the vocalists were listed on the broadside (New York City and Detroit, Michigan, respectively), Lucas and Beauchamp were soloists in the Wilberforce men's chorus.
Professor Sykes had a long career in music education and performance, previously serving as Director of the Haven Conservatory of Music (part of an HBCU in Meridian, Mississippi) and as Music Director at Bennett College (an HBCU for women in Greensboro, North Carolina).
This item was found among the papers of the Dickenson family of Xenia and Wilberforce, Ohio.
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